Gimenez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The 22-year-old began the season as the primary shortstop for Cleveland, but he started only one of the past five games and will make his way to Triple-A. Gimenez has posted a .179/.226/.308 slash line and 29.4 percent strikeout rate through 85 plate appearances this season.
Gimenez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners. Make it two straight absences for Gimenez. He is not known to be dealing with any sort of injury or illness, so it seems Amed Rosario may have leapfrogged Gimenez at shortstop. Harold Ramirez and Jordan Luplow have been in center field the past couple days with Rosario at short.
Gimenez isn't starting Thursday's game against the Mariners. Gimenez has gone 1-for-8 with two runs, an RBI, a stolen base and two strikeouts in the last three games. Amed Rosario will start at shortstop and bat second.
Gimenez went 0-for-2 but was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Cubs. Gimenez got aboard after he was plunked by Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay in the fifth inning. He then stole second and scored on a Cesar Hernandez two-run homer. Through 80 plate appearances, Gimenez has two home runs, four stolen bases, five RBI and nine runs scored. He'll likely remain in a platoon role with Amed Rosario at shortstop for the foreseeable future.
Gimenez is not in the lineup Friday against the Reds. Gimenez finds himself on the bench for the second consecutive game with Wade Miley on the mound for Cincinnati. Amed Rosario will start at shortstop while Harold Ramirez roams center field for Cleveland.